This Friday: Genetic Alliance Hosts Webinar on Myriad Gene Patent Case

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Friday, April 30, 2010

12:00pm – 1:30pm ET

The Myriad Gene Patent Case – What does it Mean, and Why Does it Matter?

Hot Topics in Genetics and Advocacy

A high-profile lawsuit aimed at invalidating gene patents, American Molecular Pathology et al v. US Patent and Trade Office, Myriad Genetics, recently reached an important stage. A federal district court granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs and ruled that Myriad Genetics’ patents on the BRAC 1/2 breast cancer genes and related method claims do not cover patentable subject matter and thus are invalid.

This controversial case has polarized observers. Many groups, including Genetic Alliance, filed amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs expressing their strong views, and press attention has been keen. Some people feel that gene patents inhibit academic research, block access to treatment, and are just inherently wrong, while others fear that invalidating legal protections for gene patenting would reduce incentives for development and commercialization of new tests and treatments and would thus diminish the potential for the genomic revolution to benefit patients.

Please join us for a webinar on Friday, April 30, at noon EST that will present both sides of this important debate. Professor John Conley of the University of North Carolina School of Law will moderate a frank discussion between Hans Sauer of BIO, which opposes the plaintiffs’ position, and Josh Sarnoff, who filed an amicus brief on behalf of the American Medical Association supporting the plaintiffs. We invite you to listen closely to disparate points of view – in hopes that as we listen, we can collectively move closer to common ground.

Presenters:
John Conley – Of Counsel, Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson; Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ann Waldo – Senior Counsel, Genetic Alliance
Hans Sauer – Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, BIO
Joshua Sarnoff – Professor & Associate Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University

To register/attend the webinar, visit the Genetic Alliance website (link): http://www.geneticalliance.org/webinars

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